"Yeah boy!" rapper Flavor Flav, best known for being a member of hip-hop group Public Enemy, and later for his days as a reality TV star, was pulled over for speeding and arrested for “felony aggravated unlicensed operation and traffic violations” in Valley Stream, N.Y. on the morning of Jan. 9.
After New York’s finest stopped Flav for speeding and ran his information, police discovered that the 54-year-old rapper had 16 suspensions on his driver's license. Police also found a small amount of marijuana in Flav’s vehicle, according to NBC News.
Police in N.Y. say that Flav, a.k.a. William Jonathan Drayton, Jr., was driving 79 mph in a 55 mph zone when he was pulled over.
Flav’s mother, Anna Drayton, had passed away on New Year’s Eve. Flav was released from police custody in order to attend his mom’s funeral.
On New Year’s Eve, Flav tweeted:
“Hey everybody I just lost my mother Anna Drayton this morning, new years eve, she passed away and I’m gonna miss her She lived good a good life.”
“Thank you to everyone that’s sending me blessings about my Momz,,,
I appreciate you all of you so much from me and my family, FLAVOR FLAV,”
A previous marijuana infraction for the rapper included a 1996 arrest “while riding a bike in the South Bronx with two pounds of marijuana stuffed in his pockets.”
Following his days with Public Enemy, Flav rose to new found popularity when he appeared in several reality TV shows, including “The Surreal Life”, “Strange Love”, and “Flavor of Love.”
It was during “The Surreal Life” that Flav struck up a romantic relationship with actress Brigitte Nielsen.
VH1 ended up starring Flav and Nielsen in TV’s “Strange Love,” which chronicled their oddly matched relationship. “Strange Love” concluded with Brigitte Nielsen returning to her fiancé, Mattia Dessi.
For more on Flavor Flav, see the video accompanying this article.
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